Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): German and Polish spelling of
- English, Dutch, and North German: from the Old
English personal name Lēofwine, composed of the elements
lēof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + wine ‘friend’. This was the
name borne by an English missionary who became the patron saint of
Ghent, and the personal name was consequently popular in the Low
Countries during the Middle Ages.
- Irish and Manx: reduced
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Guillin ‘son of the
servant of William’.
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